Sep 13, 2010 3:05am EDT
muslim youth in the u.s. that we have seen in europe. are we in danger of proving al qaeda right? i'm a liberal progressive american muslim but when i see that bigotry against my faith, my very identity has become so common place in america that it is a wedge issue in the elections and i can barely control my anger. i can't imagine how the next generation of american muslim youth will react to provocations. what's behind this? >> part of it has to do with the controversy surrounding the islamic community center in lower manhattan. it is true that there are those that oppose the project because they do believe that it will disturb the sensitivities of some 9/11 victims, so i do want to remind everyone in this country we do not define our constitutional rights by how they disturb people's sensitivities. you only have to spend a few minutes at ground zero yesterday and to take in this international anti-muslim zealous that gathered together to spout the most vile racist bigotry to know that this is about something more. anti-muslim sentiment in this country is at unprecedented levels.